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The mission of the athletic training services  through cooperative efforts from other organizations and allied health care professions is to strive to enhance the quality of health care for the student-athletes at Fitchburg State University through education and research in prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of injuries.

Our mission statement underscores our commitment to education and excellence in athletic training and also emphasizes our dedication to providing quality health care.

Sports Medicine Medical Requirements & Database The Certified Athletic Trainer Visiting Teams
Facilities Athletic Training Staff Team Physician



The NCAA requires all member institutions to confirm each student athlete's sickle cell trait status (SCTS). First year (freshman and transfer) student athletes must provide documented proof of their SCTS prior to participating (this includes practices, contests and conditioning) as of August 2013. ALL remaining returning student athletes will need to provide confirmation documentation starting August 2014. We are sending the requirements and procedures out to all student athletes to obtain this confirmation as soon as possible. This WILL impact your medical clearance status.

Student athletes who are positive for Sickle Cell Trait will be allowed to participate in intercollegiate athletics; this does NOT prohibit the student athlete from participating. Knowing your SCTS will help the athletics department staff (Athletic Trainers, physicians and coaches) make adjustments to your training program, monitor your health during participation and provide proper care if you become ill. Educational material regarding SCT can be found through the links below, on our website and included with your Athletic Health Questionnaire for you to print and keep.

One of the following options must be chosen to meet the SCTS confirmation requirement:

1. Provide a copy of your newborn sickle cell test results. Contact your Hospital of birth and/or you pediatrician's office and request your SCTS results from birth. Most states, after March 6, 1990, require newborns to be tested for SCT.

2. Provide a copy of a recent Sickle Cell Solubility test indicating your SCTS. (This requires a written request from a physician, a blood draw from physician’s office or lab and a lab test).

3. Sign a waiver declining options 1 and 2.

While the waiver is the quickest and easiest option it is not recommended. The best options for your health and safety is to confirm your SCTS.

NCAA Video: The Student athlete with Sickle Cell Trait Sickle Cell Trait Awareness (CDC) 
Fact sheet for Student-Athletes  Fact sheet for Coaches 


The following information is in regards to topics that the NCAA and the Athletic Training Staff at Fitchburg State University feels that all student-athletes should understand and be made aware of. Please review these following topics prior to your participation at Fitchburg State University. If you have any questions regarding these topics, please contact any member of the Athletic Training Staff.

Dehydration & Heat Episodes Sickle Cell Sheet Concussion Sheet
CDC Influenza Breakfast Information Alcohol & Energy Drink Information
Disordered Eating Sheet MRSA Fact Sheet


  NCAA Medical Exceptions Policy 

The NCAA requires proof of current prescriptions for every medication an athlete is taking that is a banned substance, as well as, proof of proper diagnostic procedures (particularly for ADHD diagnosis and medications).  For more information click the link for Medical Exceptions below.

NCAA Medical Exceptions